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Dec 9, 2013 7:00am EST
of staff. he battled with them over the issue of nuclear weapons. >> as you say, both president clinton and bobby kennedy, much better than the joint chiefs and many of the advisors. they were pragmatic, cared about politics but argue for military restraint where both the joint chiefs, people like bundy and mcnamara all state under johnson really tarnished the reputation by their performance in vietnam. why was kennedy better than his advisers sequence well, -- it's not working. i think kennedy understood he was the responsible party. and he was deeply troubled by the fact that -- and what people have forgotten, i still teach, i'm in washington and in beijing people 20 years old, they don't have a clue at this point as to how frightened and concerned people were in the '50s and 60s about the possibility, indeed, even the likelihood that there could be a nuclear war. kennedy at one point said to somebody in private, i'd rather my kids be red than dead. he never could've said that in public. but what worried him so much was the fact that the chiefs when he came into office, that local com
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